Heart and Science

Heart and Science

by Wilkie Collins


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William Wilkie Collins (8 January 1824 – 23 September 1889) was an English novelist, playwright and short story writer best known for The Woman in White (1859) and The Moonstone (1868). The last has been called the first modern English detective novel. Born to the family of a painter, William Collins, in London, he grew up in Italy and France, learning French and Italian. He began work as a clerk for a tea merchant. After his first novel, Antonina, appeared in 1850, he met Charles Dickens, who became a close friend and mentor. Some of Collins's works appeared first in Dickens's journals All the Year Round and Household Words and they collaborated on drama and fiction. Collins achieved financial stability and an international following with his best known works in the 1860s, but began suffering from gout. Taking opium for the pain grew into an addiction. In the 1870s and 1880s his writing quality declined with his health. Collins was critical of the institution of marriage: he split his time between Caroline Graves and his common-law wife Martha Rudd, with whom he had three children.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789353831585
Publisher: Throne Classics
Publication date: 08/07/2019
Pages: 398
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Steve Farmer who received his doctorate from the University of Kansas and now teaches at Arizona State University, is a specialist in late Victorian fiction.

Date of Birth:

December 8, 1824

Date of Death:

September 23, 1889

Place of Birth:

London, England

Place of Death:

London, England


Studied law at Lincoln¿s Inn, London

Table of Contents

A Note on the Text
Photographs of Collins’s Manuscript
Wilkie Collins: A Brief Chronology

Heart and Science

Appendix A: Reviews of Heart and Science
Appendix B: The Vivisection Debate of the 1870s and 1880s
Appendix C: Frances Power Cobbe’s Account of the Ferrier Trial
Appendix D: Author’s letters about Heart and Science
Appendix E: From A.C. Swinburne’s Obituary Notice on Collins
Appendix F: The Times’s Notice of Professor Helmholtz’s Visit to London, 12 April 1881
Appendix G: Belgravia serial part divisions and corresponding page numbers in this edition
Appendix H: Robert Browning’s Anti-vivisectionist poetry

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